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Old Jun 18, 2014, 10:43 AM   #1
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New Low-Cost iMac Nearly 50% Slower in Multi-Core, 10% Slower in Single-Core Benchmarks




Following today's launch of a new entry-level iMac model featuring an ultra-low voltage Intel processor actually used in the MacBook Air, the new iMac appears to have shown up in Geekbench's benchmarking database. The use of an ultra-low voltage chip in the iMac is a somewhat curious move for Apple, as the company has traditionally used much more powerful desktop processors in the line.

As expected, the new machine posts relatively low 64-bit scores of 2820 in single-core mode and 5435 in multi-core mode. These scores are marginally better than the 2690/5254 scores posted by the current-generation MacBook Air running the same chip and roughly 10% slower than the 3168 single-core score from the previous low-end iMac model, which remains available.

But where this new low-end iMac falls far short of the previous low-end model is in multi-core performance, where the older model clocks in at 10253. This major difference is due primarily to the chip used in the new low-end model being a dual-core chip, while the older low-end chip is quad-core.

The new low-end iMac comes in $200 cheaper than the previous entry-level model, but for that savings users will sacrifice some CPU and graphics performance and will have a 500 GB hard drive rather than the 1 TB drive included in the more expensive low-end model.

Update 12:25 PM: Primate Labs' John Poole has shared a blog post putting the new low-end iMac's performance in perspective compared to other iMac models and highlighting a Tweet from Ars Technica's Andrew Cunningham noting that Apple's decision to use a chip from its MacBook Air line may have been made for graphics reasons.
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I'd say Apple used an Ultrabook CPU in the new iMac to avoid shipping Intel's HD 4600 GPU in anything. No desktop CPUs include HD 5000. - Andrew Cunningham (@AndrewWrites) June 18, 2014
Update 2: The initial benchmarks for the new low-end iMac were taken in 64-bit mode, while the data was compared to 32-bit results from other machines. This article has been updated to compare 64-bit scores across all machines.

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Old Jun 18, 2014, 10:45 AM   #2
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That is way to slow. like back to the old core2duo's
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Old Jun 18, 2014, 10:46 AM   #3
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Savings aside, this is a step backwards.
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Old Jun 18, 2014, 10:46 AM   #4
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Yuck. If you need to save $200, better idea to get a refurb.
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Old Jun 18, 2014, 10:46 AM   #5
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It should be $799
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Old Jun 18, 2014, 10:46 AM   #7
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$200 isn't worth this much of a performance hit. This is an $899 computer.
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Old Jun 18, 2014, 10:47 AM   #9
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I really don't understand why they went with an ULV CPU for a desktop computer as big as an iMac, especially if they had to put a HDD half the size and still weren't able to lower the price by more than 200$USD.
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Old Jun 18, 2014, 10:47 AM   #10
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I don't like this Apple trend of marginally "cheaper" devices with ridiculously reduced parameters. 8GB iPhone 5c version instead of just dropping the price of 16GB. Entirely new, slower version of iMac instead of just dropping the price of the existing lowest config. These just look like bean-counter moves.
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"somewhat curious move"

I have other words, but I suppose that works as well
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First new hardware release after WWDC and it's a ...wait for it...new super slow iMac. I am completely and utterly underwhelmed.
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Old Jun 18, 2014, 10:48 AM   #13
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I'd rather they just make the screen 17", include a 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM, the above CPU and sell it for 700.
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Old Jun 18, 2014, 10:49 AM   #14
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Going from Quad to Dual core?
Didn't expect that when Tim Cook talked about "incredible stuff, the kind of innovation only Apple can do!".
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It's not at all uncommon to see the current $1,299 model on sale at retailers for $100-150 off, not to even mention that refurbs are only $1,099 direct from Apple right now. Much better to go with one of those than this new model that was released today, which should have been priced at $999 for what it offers.
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Old Jun 18, 2014, 10:50 AM   #16
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Gotta be aimed at the schools surely, eMac style.
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Old Jun 18, 2014, 10:50 AM   #17
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I really don't understand why they went with an ULV CPU for a desktop computer as big as an iMac
Most likely so that if they are bought in bulk for an institution, the power savings would hold some significance.
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That is way to slow. like back to the old core2duo's
From a benchmark perspective, yes, however at least they support updated instruction sets like the core i-series virtualization instructions... though on a second thought, I wouldn't be caught dead trying to visualize with that machine.

Still, if you had to... it would do better than a core2 series. much better actually.
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That is way to slow. like back to the old core2duo's
Huh? This is the same CPU that's in the current MacBook Air.

Much, much faster than the "old core2duo's".
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Old Jun 18, 2014, 10:51 AM   #20
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Finally a desktop computer whose performance is on par with a smartphone.
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Old Jun 18, 2014, 10:52 AM   #21
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I have no interest in buying an iMac but I am legitimately angry that they would do this... AND THEY COULDN'T EVEN MAKE IT 1000... I hope nobody buys this Apple. I hope you never do something this greedy again.
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First new hardware release after WWDC and it's a ...wait for it...new super slow iMac. I am completely and utterly underwhelmed.
Relax. A premium, retina iMac is on the way. And I'm sure it'll have a price tag to match.
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I guess it's a good thing they didn't announce this during WWDC?
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Old Jun 18, 2014, 10:53 AM   #24
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Too bad that they don't have an i3 processor downgrade to save another $100
Heck, how about a 64GB SSD for additional savings
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Yep, obscenely overpriced for what it offers . . .

Back to the bad old days!
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